Can Costco Become the Largest Car Dealer in America?

Costco auto program

Costco doesn’t sell cars, but it’s the second-biggest car dealer in the country.

That’s an oxymoron that’ll make your head explode, especially when you consider that the only organization to move more metal than Costco is AutoNation.

Costco’s wildly popular car buying service has been used by hundreds of thousands of people over the years, most of whom chimed on our blog post questioning just how good a deal Costco offers when it comes to cars.

Of course, it’s not possible to walk into Costco and drive out in a new car. The service is really just a middleman between the dealer and the consumer.

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Costco Fulfills F1 Racing Dreams… For a Price

Costco F1 racing simulator

Costco: the land where dreams come true.

Assuming, of course, your dreams include 50-pound bags of sugar, gallons of mayonnaise and full access to all the toilet paper you’ll ever need.

Bulk discounts on household staples are enough to keep some people coming back every Saturday. Every once in a while, though, Costco surprises by offering something so over-the-top extravagant or absurd that it blows our little minds. That includes million-dollar diamonds, caskets stacked near the TVs, and now, F1 cars.

Kind of.

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Costco and General Motors Team Up to Offer Discounted Trucks

2011 GMC Yukon XL

2011 GMC Yukon XL

One of the most commented-on posts in the history of the CarGurus Blog is an article on the Costco Auto Buying Program. For whatever reason, folks tend to get fired up, either fiercely defending their beloved Costco or ranting against the perceived inconsistencies of the program.

For the record, I do not believe Costco’s Auto Buying Program is a scam. I also don’t believe the program will offer a dealer’s best price and know for certain that savvy negotiators can arrive at a better price than what Costco offers.

The difference may not be much, though, and that’s why I think the Costco Program has been such a success. Buyers get a discount and don’t have to do anything to work for it other than fill out an online form. Now, Costco and General Motors hope buyers of bulk mayonnaise and peaches will be interested in special discounts on trucks.

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